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Brief Published: 15 Jun 2011

Nature's Restaurant Trail


Australian architect Koichi Takada seems to have found its creative nirvana with a winning design formula based on the beauty of nature.

Having reached the shortlist for the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, which will be announced in London in July, for the design of the Cave sushi restaurant in Sydney, the practice has reprised the same thinking. This time it's for a similarly nature-inspired dining space called Tree, also in Sydney.

Both use multiple layers of curved timber strips to encase diners is a cavernous environment. Whereas Cave experiments with the acoustic qualities of a restaurant, Tree aims to recreate Hanami, the Japanese spring festival that celebrates cherry blossom in bloom and during which time revellers gather to eat underneath the trees.

The thread that links both is a growing appreciation of spaces that deliberately aim to create a more harmonious, balanced ambience – often bound to nature-based references. For more on that subject look at Primal Design.

Koichi Takada